Bride Valley News

December 2002


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St Mary's Burton Bradstock FROM THE CLERGYSt Mary's Litton Cheney


'Are you the one ...?'

John the Baptist was in prison. He had heard about Jesus and his ministry, but was unsure who Jesus was. He sent messengers to him with the question, 'Are you the one who is to come, or are we to expect some other?'

For years the Jewish people had expected a Messiah, someone to lead them to freedom, to make them truly God's people, a great, upright, powerful nation. This expectation had crystallised into a belief that this Messiah would be a freedom-fighter, a great political leader.

Then, Jesus was born, baptised, and began his ministry. And eyes opened, ears flapped, tongues wagged and people were shocked. A strange political leader! John the Baptist was puzzled. Hence his question. Jesus gave John's messengers a clear answer, 'Go and tell John what you have seen and heard. The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them'.

This Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, John's question remains. 'Are you the one...?' Most people do not grasp who this Jesus is, and what we do in church may not help them to do so. A model stable, a manger, a doll, toy animals. We sing some pretty poor, though well-known, songs; poor because they can give the wrong impression.

Who is this Jesus? You may believe him to be a baby in a stable, later a good man, a teacher and healer, an example of how to live. But is that all Jesus is, an example?

No! He was God come into his world as a human being, in order that people should know the truth of things and be happy, in order to love people into real life, bursting to give himself to every man, woman and child.

And what is the Church? Something to attend, to support, to work for; a place to be christened, married, buried; a club whose activities you share if you are so inclined? Hardly a recipe for ecstasy!

If you believe the greater truth, that the Church is a body of people, always imperfect, but to whom Jesus is not a has-been of the first century, but is bursting to fill that community and all life, with his living warmth, power and love... then it becomes infinitely worth being part of.

Churchgoing is not everything. There is a Monday to Saturday life to be lived, too. But all of life is changed when one has hold of the truth, deep inside, the answer to that question, 'Jesus, are you the one...?'. Or should we continue to seek someone or something else for our real happiness?

Christmas is a good time to ponder the question. With warmest greetings for a happy Christmas from Anthony and Anna, Pam and me.

John Atkinson

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Valley Notes


A very special day

On Tuesday, 5th November, a large party of parishioners journeyed to Salisbury by car and coach to attend Evensong at our Cathedral, the highlight of which was to witness the installation of our Rector as a Non-Residentiary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral. It was a very special occasion thoroughly enjoyed by those privileged to be there as this honour was bestowed upon our Rector. We extend our sincere congratulations on what is a well deserved recognition of his many years of ministry, dedication and witness.

The Bride Valley (Wednesday) Bible Study Group

For full information on our continuing study of St Mark's Gospel, please see the church notice boards. This month's dates are:

Session VII St Mark - Chapter 6

Dec 4th Windy Gap, Shipton Lane, Burton Bradstock

Dec 11th The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney

Anthony Ashwell (482302)

Mothers' Union

Our Christmas Lunch Party will be held at "O Crumbs", Allington, Bridport on Wednesday, 4th December at 12.30pm. Husbands are invited.

Thorner's School Association

MUMMER'S PLAY: 14th December. The oldest playscript in England with a medieval/historical theme will be performed at Thorner's Primary School. Suitable for families. Book now - tickets £1 - on sale at the school office (includes mince pies and mulled wine).


Thorner's Parent and Teachers Association

Six weeks away from Christmas! If anyone has any unwanted Christmas decorations they can donate to the school it would be very much appreciated. Last years decorations have taken their toll. We will also need a Christmas tree if anyone has any suggestions.

Thank you to all the people who took up PTA committee positions at the last meeting.

The 'School pool' to which we are very privileged to have in a village has been a controversial subject; so much so that a separate committee has been formed to support this valued asset. Anyone wishing to know more about the pool please contact Ross Jones or Janet Letherby.

Our Village representatives in the event of emergencies are:

Noreen Mc Claren - Litton Cheney

Liza Adams-Smith - Long Bredy

Siobhan Baxter - Littlebredy

Maria Bowen-Ashwin - Puncknowle & Swyre

Hilary Larcombe - West Bexington

May I also gently remind parents to use the School's one-way system during school pick up and drop off times? The off road adjoining the school is a private drive, which needs access to the bungalows and Fire, Ambulance & Bus access. Please be considerate when parking as it can cause stress to local members and may be a danger to our children. Many thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness.

Dates coming up: 7 February 03 - Cheese and Wine Evening

Dianne Ffoulkes (Chair)



First Steps Parent and Toddler Group

Meets on Wednesdays from 10.00am till 12 noon and is based at Long Bredy Village Hall. We offer toys and activities for all pre-school children, coffee and chat for parents and carers. For further details contact: Jo (Litton Cheney) ... or Julie (Puncknowle) 897178 or Lavinia (Long Bredy) 482397




Litton Cheney Youth Club

The Youth Club continues to meet for those in Litton Cheney and the surrounding area aged 8 - 17 years. Read the Litton notes for December's dates and for further details contact Paul Kingston 482384.

Well, December is here already, the season of good cheer.

First of all I would like to welcome another two new members to the playgroup, Francesca and Harriet , we hope your time with us will be a most happy one.

The children's Christmas party will be taking place on the last day of term, following Father Christmas's arrival at 11.3Oam. Whilst the children are tucking in to their party fare, the parents will be having mulled wine and mince pies. Please note: on the last day of term, the playgroup will be opened from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. Last of all I would like to wish my fellow staff, the Committee, parents and children a very Happy Christmas and this also goes to everyone that has helped us over the year, especially to those who donated so much to our Bingo Evening on the 22nd. November. Thank you.

Sue Talbot - Administrator

The Eastern End Bride Valley Children's Christmas Party

This will be held at Thorners School on Saturday 7th December 2002 from 3 pm - 5.30 pm. All children aged 0 - 12 years from the Eastern end, and all children who attend Thorners School are welcome. There will be a disco, tea party, colouring competition and a visit from

Father Christmas. For further details phone Mandy Wakely 482272

Men's Breakfast

Every third Saturday of each month, the Bride Valley Churches are holding a men's breakfast at Puncknowle Village Hall from 8.00 am to 10.00 am. There'll be a cooked breakfast of course, and a chance to chat. For more information phone Paul ... on ... or Jonathan Jevons on 897068.


This month's meeting is on Wednesday 11th December - an American Supper in the home of Evelyn Toogood, Long Bredy

The New Elizabethan Singers - & Advance notice for January

Burton Bradstock Library

On Tuesday, 17th December the Library will be holding a Christmas coffee morning from 10.30am to 12 noon when everybody is invited to come along and view the new Peoples' Network facilities now on offer to residents and visitors.

There are two computers for public use with free access to the Internet including Dorset County Council online services. One machine, with a scanner, can be booked for half or one hour sessions. You do not need to be a member to use this service, although under fourteens will require parental consent.

There are plans to provide a mediated service on one afternoon a week in the New Year when a member of staff will be on hand to help customers with any problems they may have. The installation has also provided an opportunity to revamp the children's section, so do come along and see what is now on offer for all. For more details contact:

Heather Thomson - assistant in Charge Tel: 01308 897 563

Thorner's School, Litton Cheney

Thank you to everyone who attended the November Fayre, both those who spent money and those who worked hard on putting it all together. We hope you enjoyed yourselves.

During November some pupils took part in the Cluster Cross Country run at Symondsbury. The days leading up to it were cold and wet and made the going muddy in places! Well as I am writing this before it takes place, I would assume this! But when you think about it, that is what cross country running is all about, just like football and rugby, most of the fun comes from getting as muddy as possible without being told off by parents. These days, we are more aware of health and how to care for ourselves so generally, we are kept healthier because we take care over washing hands before touching food etc.. Gone are the days when children played in fields making mud pies, exploring their environment, without adults telling them to take care. In many ways by trying to keep our children clean and being more aware of the damage which can be inflicted, we are depriving them of finding out about animal habitats, and so when they come to school we have to try and show them in as natural way as possible.

At Thorner's we are extremely lucky, as we do have a large conservation area and during the last year Mrs. Barry has worked hard to make it accessible for our pupils. With the help of Kingston Maurward students, donations of trees and the School Association purchasing resources, we now have a path around the grounds, so we no longer feel we are in a jungle when the weeds grow to shoulder height. We are keeping our eyes open to see if there are new inhabitants during the winter and are looking forward to the spring in the hope that our pond will become a home to some wildlife. There is a regular green woodpecker who visits, usually when the children have gone home or are unable to play on the grass - obviously it does not like noise! This winter will see the conservation area mature even more and we are hoping to make full use of this resource in our science lessons making them more hands on where pupils will see nature in action. It is so much easier to learn from the practical rather than the theoretical.

Alison Johnstone Headteacher.

P.S. Just to say congratulations to our girls who won the cross-country team event (getting quite a habit!), Laura Bowen-Ashwin our first girl second overall, and Ben Griffiths for being the first boy home overall. We are all proud of you.

Burton Bradstock School

For twelve years I have been using this article to open windows for you onto the life of our village primary school. For those of you that have stayed the course, you have had many insights into my school and home life as well as occasional glimpses at my views on the troubled interface between educators and politicians - (oh no, don't start on that again!).

The BVN has been one of the ways that I have attempted to blur the boundaries between our school and its wider community and I know that Mark will continue to provide you with news and views on village school life.

For me new challenges beckon. As I complete my preparation to take over the leadership of a school with over 400 children I have been looking back on my 12 years at this most precious of school communities, reflecting on my successes and failures. Many of you have been kind enough to wish me well in my new challenge and thank me for what I have done for the school in my time here. Well, to put the record straight, let me thank the village of Burton Bradstock for what it's done for me.

First and foremost, Barbara and I have been able to bring our daughters up in a loving community that places traditional values at its heart, but that does not spend all its time looking back and bemoaning a lost past. The village fights to keep itself vibrant against encroaching urbanisation. This battle is far from won, and like all of you I'll fight to keep the facilities open and viable.

The partnership between the many village organisations and the school has been a huge help to me. The shop, pubs, library, the Parish Council and societies such as the Pantomime Players have all played their part in actively supporting the school.

The school has been provided with great Christian support through the Church, and its Rectors, most recently Father John who the children love to see both at our weekly assemblies with him and also at our frequent visits to Church. Lose this at your peril, folks. I believe that a fresh look needs to be taken at the role of the Church in its community in order to guarantee a sustainable future. My grateful thanks to all members of the Church community for your active support over the years. And you, the villagers of Burton Bradstock and Shipton Gorge who, by supporting the school at our fairs, concerts, and financially through participation in our 100 club, have restored my faith in the word 'community'.

I must leave my final words to those that have occupied the centre of my life in the village, the children, staff, governors and parents past and present of Burton Bradstock School. You have dominated my professional life for the past 12 years. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work amongst the finest people, young and old I have met. Every one of you has enriched me and I thank you for it and wish you all the very best for the future - Don't forget, 'unless you are a seeker you'll never be a finder'.

Au revoir David Powell

Lucky 100 Club winners for October

£20 Mrs Mills

£10 Mrs Maude

£5 Mrs Collins



Burton Bradstock School Christmas Fair

In and around the school

Saturday 7th December 2.00 pm

Gifts, Stalls, Santa, Live music!


Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2002

There will be a Social Evening at the Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock on Monday, 2nd December at 7.30pm.


Bride Valley Gardening Club

We have enjoyed two interesting and contrasting evenings this Autumn with the Cooking Demonstration and the talk by the winning Gardener of the Year - our thanks to both speakers for a lively and entertaining evening. The next meeting is on December 9th. when there will be a talk on "Organics and Chemicals" - followed by a Wine and Cheese party. A plate of food would be welcomed for this, as would a small raffle prize for this or any other meeting. There will be the usual competition - this month it will be a Christmas Decoration using mainly materials from your garden - do come along and join our mini festivities whether you are a member or would like to join. The meetings are held in Thorner's School, Litton Cheney at 7.30p.m. and a welcome awaits you.

Norma Millard Secretary (897774)




John & Pam Atkinson
Howard & Linda Bongers
Michael & Mary Burr
Tony & Anne Combe
John & Doreen Crawford
Celia Cummins
Leslie, Steve, Gemma & Jake Dove
Rob & June Fox
John & Barbara Ivall
Gillian & Chris Knight
Patricia Lepine
Tim & Sue Linford
Carol & Dennis Lumley
Margaret & Peter Oldridge
Val & Derek Parsons
Susan Paul
Sheila & Ken Pett
Mike & Ann Read
Terry Rendell
Mike & Anne Southgate
Betty Starkey
Norman & Peggy Thompson
Karen, David, Paul & Rebecca Venn
Clare Viney

Chris & Andrea Wilkinson

In support of St. Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock


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BURTON BRADSTOCK St Mary's Burton Bradstock

Village Correspondent Mr Basil Dent

2, Norburton, Burton Bradstock. Tel:- (01308) 897125


Gift Sunday 15th December Church Army

The next Tiny Tots / Pram Service will be held on Friday 6th December at 11 am.

The next Healing Services at St Mary's will be held on Wednesday 8th January and Monday 3rd February, each at 7 pm.


Burial of Ashes 1st November Bert Sale


Decorating the church for Christmas. We shall be decorating the church on:-

Saturday 21st December from 10 am for the Carols by Candlelight. Everyone is welcome to help. Holly and greenery would be much appreciated.

Monday 23rd December from 10 am, with red flowers please.

Carols and Christmas Services

We shall be singing carols around the village in aid of The Children's Society on the evening of Wednesday 18th December. Anyone will be most welcome to join the singers. Meet at The Rectory at 6.30 pm. We shall end at The Rectory for refreshments.

Carols by Candlelight - Sunday 22nd December in church at 6.30 pm.

Crib Service - Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th December at 5 pm. Children of all ages, and adults of all ages, will be welcome at this short service. We shall be hearing the Christmas story, blessing the crib and singing carols. Mary and Joseph will be returning to church after travelling round the parish, staying in peoples' homes, during Advent. If anyone wishes to make a gift of exercise books, notebooks, pens, pencils or rulers please bring it to the service. Mike Read will be pleased to deliver your gifts in due course to help some children in Romania, who are in great need of such items.

Please see the middle pages of this magazine for details of all services at Christmas.

Thank you so much everyone who came to support me on the 5th November on the occasion of my Installation as a Canon of Salisbury Cathedral. It was a great occasion for me and my family, heightened by having so many friends to share it. Thank you for your love and prayers, for being there, and for your letters, cards and good wishes.

John Atkinson

We offer our apologies to Sarah and Adrian of The Three Horseshoes for the omission, due to a misunderstanding, of their advertisement from last month's Bride Valley News.

We thank Sarah and Adrian for arranging the 'free' Christmas lunch on Wednesday 11th December, to help St Mary's financial appeal. There may still be places available (for Burton Bradstock's senior citizens) by the time you read this. Ask at the Post Office.


And thanks again to Steve of Hive Café and Saj of Burton Bradstock Cars for their generous offers, too, in donating proceeds from the sale of hot drinks and fuel respectively. Spend money there and benefit St Mary's!


Burton Bradstock Village Society

Despite being asked to stand in at the last minute, Mr Mike Shepherd gave a superbly illustrated talk entitled "Mountain Days", at the second meeting of the Village Society on 18th October.

The audience was taken on a non-stop world tour of mountain scenery and wildlife moving through the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone National Park and then on to the Pyrenees, Slovenia and the Austrian Alps; then again on to India and the Himalayas and finally ending up at Australia in the hills of Queensland.

Besides breathtaking mountain and lake photographs, we were shown wonderful shots of rare Orchids and other plants, animals, butterflies and exotic looking birds. We even saw a Tea House in the Canadian Outback and English houses and churches in rural India.

We all finished the evening by singing along with "Waltzing Matilda" - no prizes to be had there! The next meeting will be held on Friday, 6th December when Nigel Spring will give a talk on "The Kingcombe Centre".

Peter Dutton


Burton Bradstock W.I.

The Annual meeting took place on November 12th with social time, quiz and tea with gateaux before the formal business. The Dorothy Seward Competition for Craft in any medium was won by Joan Allan with an exquisite Tapestry of an Owl. The Financial reports were adopted and the Committee's Annual Report was adopted by retiring President Joan Dady. Joan thanked all her committee who have supported her during her two-year office, and said she had enjoyed it. Joan then presented a beautiful figurine to be given annually to the best Water Colour Painting - a lovely gesture from Joan who appreciates and enjoys Art.

Agnes Barham warmly thanked her with flowers and a gift. The new Committee was formed with Chris Clarke and Pat Raven as joint President, Agnes Barham as Secretary and Carol Beeton as Treasurer with supporting committee Joan Gillett, Joan Allan, Sylvia Lipscomb and Joan Dady.

The next meeting is 10th December at 2.l5 pm a demonstration of Fabric and Needle Painting by Linda Younghusband and on Wednesday 8th January a Computer Course starts 2-4 pm.

Jill Spinney


I am pleased to inform all those who supported the show that the sum of £776 was raised for charity. This sum has been equally shared between Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Joseph Weld Hospice. Thank you all for your support.

Elaine Colbert

I would like to thank the cast of Elaine's brilliant show, for the help and kindness and friendship they gave me during the three days. From the young people to the newcomers - some of them never having met me - through to all my friends over the past years.

There was always someone to help me get on and off the stage, or any other help I needed, and it was only this that willed me to keep going.

I must just mention Elaine and Peter who left it to me to decide how many performances I could manage, and Andrea for her support throughout, and on the last evening for handing me a bouquet of lovely scented roses.

Finally Chris Wilkinson who provided a first-class chauffeur-driven taxi service every night, ferrying me back and forth - always on time -and he didn't even ask for a tip!

I felt like a very honoured guest - not just another performer. Thank you all!

Elsie Hunt

Burton Bradstock Players

The Burton Bradstock Players are pleased to announce that their next pantomime "Hickory Dickory Dock" will take place from Monday, 10th February to Saturday, 15th February, 2003 inclusive including a Saturday Matinee at the W.I.Hall. The Box Office opens on Tuesday, 7th January 2003 at the Post Office, Burton Bradstock Tel: 01308 897 243 (office hours only).

Mary Bailey

Burton Bradstock Short Mat Bowls Club

The club will meet on Monday, 2nd December and Monday 9th December in the WI Hall at 7.00pm. These are the only dates available this month. New members always welcome.

Bob Dubrey (897403)

Harvest Festival Thanks

Our grateful thanks to St. Mary's Church, also those who helped with produce and putting the Harvest Festival Gifts together which was much appreciated - thank you.

Also, my husband and self would like to thank friends and neighbours for their constant concern and enquiries relating to John's medical condition (also for the prayers for him at St. Mary's Church). We try to override the down days with the good ones, which at present are very few due to a medical setback. However, we take one day at a time and pray in the very near future the Good-Life is around the corner for us both to enjoy once more. Our thanks to you all.

Pam and John Shenton


Burton Bradstock Village

Web Site Address

Did you know that the Bride Valley News

is published on this web site every month?

In addition, did you know that old copies of the magazine

can also be viewed on the web site?

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SHIPTON GORGE St Martin's Shipton Gorge

Village Correspondent: Mrs.Joy White


3 Gullivers Orchard Shipton Gorge


St. Martin's Church Carol Service

The carol service will take place on Tuesday l7th December at 7.30pm. We will be joined by the Bride Valley Ladies Choir and seasonal refreshments will be served afterwards in the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to come and help us raise the roof!

Janet Lane - Churchwarden


On Christmas Day - A traditional order Family Communion with carols at 9.30 am.

St. Martin's Church Financial Awareness Campaign

The campaign got under way last month, when villagers were shown a video outlining the financial problems facing churches in the diocese. Leaflets about the work and finances of St. Martins have been distributed. We hope to have details of the response to this campaign in the New Year.

The Churchwardens

Shipton Gorge Homewatch

Once again, a plea to all villagers to inform their local co-ordinators, or myself, when new residents arrive. We can then let them know our Homewatch details and keep everyone aware of our early warning system of any criminal activity in the area.

If any new residents need information regarding Homewatch please contact me, Frank Rogers, at 10, Rockway, or telephone 897821.


Village Hall Trust

A bingo session on Wednesday 11th December in the Village Hall. Calling starts at 7.30pm. Come along and win some top prizes.


Shipton Gorge Hall 100 Club

Winners for the November draw:

£20 No.99 Mrs. N. Connors

£10 No.42 John Epplestone



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Chilcombe Church


A Christmas Carol Service will be held at Chilcombe Church on Saturday 21st December at 6.30 pm. It is hoped that as many of the village families as possible will take part in the service. We shall welcome to the service any who would like to join us then.



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SWYRE Holy Trinity Swyre

Village Correspondent: Sid Marshall

3 Green Barton, Swyre



Carol Service

This is now a united Service with Puncknowle at their Church of St Mary. It will be at 6.00pm on Sunday 15th December. Please see under 'Puncknowle' for further information.


Christmas Service

We shall be having our customary "early Midnight Communion" at 9.30pm on Christmas Eve. Do come along, you will be most welcome.

Anthony Ashwell

Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council

Vital Villages

The Steering Group for the Vital Villages Consultation has been

organised. Work on the first stage, to produce a questionnaire, is


Should you have any ideas regarding topics on which villagers' opinion

should be sought please telephone any of the following Parish

Councillors. Ken Martin 897622: Adam Simon 897781: Madeline Marshall 897318.

We need any input during the first week in December. It is hoped to have answers on various local matters before the new Local Plan, produced by West Dorset District Council, is open for consultation between mid January and mid March.


Parish Council Meeting

As is customary there will not be a Parish Council Meeting in December unless there are matters to be dealt with urgently.


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Village Correspondent: Mrs Dorothy Barlow

Collingbourne, Hoopers Lane, Puncknowle

Telephone: (01308) 897761

Carol Service by Candlelight

We invite everybody to our Christmas Carol Service at 6.00pm on Sunday 15th December, and to stay afterwards for mulled wine and mince pies. We'll be doing what we always do; filling the shelves of the church with candles; with the help of children, assembling the crib; hearing once again the Christmas story; singing carols till our hearts come out; joyfully looking forward to Christmas.

This is a united Service with Swyre, and we hope that as many as possible of our neighbours will come along.

Christmas Day Service

We will be having our usual Christmas Parish Communion Service at 9.30am. It will be a joyful celebration and people of all ages are most welcome.

Anthony Ashwell

Carol singing round the village

Wednesday, 18th.December. Meet in the Church Hall at 6.00pm with a torch. Come & help us raise a record amount of money for WAVES - a project in Weymouth helping those under 25's who desperately need a helping hand.

Ann Roberts


From the Registers


Hilda Kenton on 18th October 2002

Hilda died peacefully soon after her 90th Birthday, and we pray for her family as they continue to give thanks to God for Hilda's long, loyal and loving life.

Anthony Ashwell

Thank you

Hilda Kenton's family would like to thank everyone for their support and sympathy, and for the many kind messages they have received since her death. They are also grateful for all the help given to their mother since their father Dick died, and more recently, when she had been in failing health.

The Kenton Family


Village Fete 2002

The final figure for this year's Puncknowle Fete has now been completed. The total figure is £6,475 which is divided in the following proportions:

Church Hall £1,295

Swyre Church £1,371

Puncknowle Church £3,809

Our thanks to everyone in the two communities for their continued support of this annual event. Without it, we would have even greater financial difficulties.

John Holker




Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council

Vital Villages

The Steering Group for the Vital Villages Consultation has been

organised. Work on the first stage, to produce a questionnaire, is


Should you have any ideas regarding topics on which villagers' opinion

should be sought please telephone any of the following Parish

Councillors. Ken Martin 897622: Adam Simon 897781: Madeline Marshall 897318.

We need any input during the first week in December. It is hoped to have answers on various local matters before the new Local Plan, produced by West Dorset District Council, is open for consultation between mid January and mid March.

Parish Council Meeting

As is customary there will not be a Parish Council Meeting in December unless there are matters to be dealt with urgently.

Puncknowle Art Group

Our meeting on October 18th. included an interesting and extraordinary video made by the Newton's of their trip to the Robert Tatin museum in France. We were well entertained with coffee and commentary. On November 1st. at The Crown, we enjoyed a talk by Cece Mills about her paintings and her fish made with sea washed glass. How lovely her work looked together. Dec l3th. - Xmas still life - Doreen Print.

Christine Molony

Don't forget to check the village website

to keep in touch with village events and find useful information


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St Mary's Litton Cheney LITTON CHENEY

Village Correspondents:

Mrs. Elizabeth Kingston, 5 Manor Farm Close Tel.482384


Christmas Carol Service

This will take place at 6.30pm on Sunday 22nd December, and we hope it will be a traditional candlelit Service with readings and carols to reflect both the peace and the joy that should be Christmas. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served afterwards. All are most welcome.

Crib Service

As usual the Service for (young) children 'of all ages' and their parents 'of all ages' and anybody who appreciates the light of Christmas in the eyes of little ones, will be at 4.00pm on Christmas Eve.

Midnight Holy Communion

'Midnight Mass' at St Mary's Church will take place as usual, and this Service of great joy begins at 11.30pm. This is a wonderful way in which to welcome Christ, the newborn King.

New Year's Eve Watch-night Service

2002 will no doubt come to an end with revelling in most places, and 2003 will begin in the after-shock of our revels. But there are those who may prefer to end the Old Year with reflection, and begin the New Year with resolution. It may even be possible to do both!

Our Watch-night Service will begin at 11.15pm in church, and will end with the bells ringing out the Old Year ---- and then ringing in the New one. Do come along. Anthony Ashwell

The Eastern End Bride Valley Children's Christmas Party

This will be held at Thorner's School on Saturday 7th December 2002 from 3 pm - 5.30 pm. All children aged 0 - 12 years from the eastern end and all children who attend Thorners school are welcome. There will be a disco, tea party, colouring competition and a visit from

Father Christmas. For further details phone Mandy Wakely 482272

Litton Cheney Youth Club

The Youth Club will meet on Tuesday 3rd December and Tuesday 17th December in The Church Hall, Litton Cheney. The junior session for those 8 - 12 years is from 6.30 - 8.00 pm and the senior session for those 13 - 17 years from 8.00 - 9.30 pm.

Litton Cheney Social Committee

The Harvest Supper was enjoyed by over 100 villagers and friends. There were a lot of aching limbs on Sunday morning after all that barn dancing to the music of The Crooked Furrow. Many thanks are due to Mr. and Mrs. Bayer who supplied the cold meats, Modbury Farm for the cream, Ashley Chase for the cheeses, Thorner's school and everyone else who helped make the evening such a success. We have already set the date for next year's supper, Friday l0th October 2003 in order that the Vicar, Parish Councillors and all you other busy villagers can put the date in your diaries.

Don't forget to join us for Carol singing around the village on Thursday 19th December starting at the bus shelter at 6.00 pm in aid of Naomi House Children's Hospice. Carol sheets and music provided but bring an instrument if you can play one.

On behalf of the Committee a very Merry Christmas to you all and thank you for supporting this year's events which wouldn't have been such a success without you all.

Kathy Kourik Secretary LCSC


Summer Fete - Early Request for Books

Though it may seem far too early, why not pass on any spare books you have around the house - maybe some you bought to give as presents but now can't think who on earth would like them and remember, if what dear Aunt Maud sends at Christmas is the last thing you would ever read, it may be just what someone else has been looking for. Ring us on 482661 and we'll collect any contributions.

Ron and Alison Davidson

P.S. The Fete is held on the Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 2003

Congratulations to Josie Belasco

Congratulations on the premiere of Tip Toes a ballet devised by Josie and performed at Weymouth Pavilion on Saturday 30th November.

Welcome to new residents

Welcome to all the new residents in The Mill, Rose Cottage and Wheelwrights Cottage we hope you will be very happy in your new homes and enjoy living in Litton Cheney.

Please could the correspondent receive all items for January's BVN by Wednesday 4th December. Thank you.

Visit the web site for the latest news.

The group meets at The White Horse Inn

at 8 o'clock on the first Monday of each month.

All welcome.

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St Peter's Long Bredy LONG BREDY

Village Correspondents: Mrs Elinor Frost


Tel ( 01308 ) 482269



This lovely Service in aid of the Children's' Society will take place at St Peter's Church on Sunday 15th December at 9.30am. It's a good way to begin the Christmas season because it reminds us strongly of giving : God gave His Son to us at Christmas, we give what is precious to us to those in need.

Carol Service Monday 23rd December at 6:30pm

Do come along to our special Carol Service on the Monday before Christmas at 6.30pm. At the time of writing the details are not finalised, but the emphasis will be on the joyful singing of Christmas Carols followed by mulled wine and refreshments. This is a united Service with Littlebredy, and we look forward to a brilliant eve of Christmas Eve!

Christmas Day Service

As usual this will be a short and exciting 'Family Service' followed by a shortened Holy Communion. All ages are really welcome, and the Service begins at 11.00am.

Anthony Ashwell

Welcome to Sarah Thompson and Tom Woodhouse who have come to live at Honeyland, The Old Rectory. We hope they enjoy their time in Long Bredy.

Congratulations to Frank and Jackie Skipwith on becoming grandparents for the first time.


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LITTLEBREDY St Michael & All Angels Littlebredy


Baptism 20th October Laura J. Buckland

Carol Service

It is Long Bredy's turn this year to host our united Carol Service, and this will begin at 6.30pm on Monday 23rd December at St Peter's Church. Please see under Long Bredy for further details.

Christmas Day Service

As usual this will be a Christmas Communion Service with carols at 11.00am. All ages are really welcome.

Anthony Ashwell

Littlebredy Notes

At the time of writing, John Barker is recuperating after a recent hip operation. All will join in hoping that its success is complete, convalescence short, and mobility restored to the full - very best wishes to him from everyone.

Chris and Judy Yates' Open Days in the Scented Garden seem a long time ago now, but space in recent editions of the magazine has not yet allowed a report on how they went. Thanks to the popularity of the gardens in the "yellow book" scheme, entries alone raised nearly £3,000, which is divided between the Macmillan Service (through the National Gardens Scheme) and a charity of the individual garden owners' choice. Our Church bells and fabric fund benefited by nearly £1,500 as a result. Many thanks indeed to Chris & Judy.

More recently, wet weather did not dampen the success of the bonfire and fireworks evening on the 5th November, nor the very convivial gathering in the Village Hall afterwards. Congratulations to all the organizers.

The next major event in the Hall will be a Christmas Disco Party for all ages, starting at 7.30 p.m., on Sunday 22nd December. The Social Club Committee will circulate further details in due course.

Also looking forward to Christmas, it is Long Bredy's turn to host the joint Carol Service this year, and, likewise, further details of this and a carol singing party round the village will be circulated nearer the time. The Family Communion Service in Church will be at 11.00 a.m. on Christmas Day.



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Thought for the Month


In order to meet the Printer's Christmas deadline ALL copy for the January Edition needs to be in the hands of the Editor by

Thursday 5th December.

Contributors are asked to get all copy to their village correspondents in good time. Many thanks.


The Editors would like to wish all readers,

correspondents, distributors, proof readers,

advertisers, Creeds and everyone else who helps in

the production of the B.V.N., a very

Merry Christmas

and we would all like to wish you , Susan,

a speedy recovery to full health.

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Editor: (Ken Pett for) Susan Paul Windy Gap Shipton Lane Burton Bradstock DT6 4NQ